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Forum topic by Bogdanovich posted 11-13-2010 10:41 PM 1611 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-13-2010 10:41 PM

I put my hands on some pieces of beech for almost nothing. My problem is: pieces are 52×47 x 150 mm.
Max. cutting thickness of my table saw is 40mm. Bigger blade is not solution. I tried to cut whit ’’buried’’ blade and I … am still afraid. My Band Saw is too week, my heart too… I need pieces 45×45 x 92mm for wooden cubes. Any suggestion?

-- My English and my woodworking are matching skills.

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#1 posted 11-13-2010 11:11 PM

I would go back to the band saw using a woodslicer blade from Highland Woodworking. This blade cuts through hardwood like it was butter and will usually leave a clean finish. I have used it when resawing 8 inches of hardwood on a 14 inch saw with no sweat.

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#2 posted 11-14-2010 03:47 AM

If you don’t have access to a bigger bandsaw, and your table saw is like my old one, try getting the blade as close to 90 degrees as possible and flip the piece over and recut. If that is the method you are doing, and it can be scary, use some good push sticks and stand to one side to avoid kickback. I can’t think of any other method at the moment. The WoodSlicer blades are very good. It may be worth the international shipping to get one.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#3 posted 11-14-2010 03:50 AM

Is there anybody near you—maybe a cabinet shop—that could do these cuts for you ??

If you won’t be doing much of THIS kind of cutting again, soon, maybe paying somebody a little bit for THEIR services makes sense.

-- -- Neil

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#4 posted 11-14-2010 04:03 AM

I have had to do this a few times in the past: pass it through the table saw once and finish it with a hand saw. Be very careful of kickbacks!

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#5 posted 11-14-2010 04:24 AM

These pieces are too small to cut safely on a table saw. Your band saw should be able to cut these. I have to go with DonH, you need to find out what’s wrong with your band saw. If it’s the blade, the Woodslicer is a good choice. And then there’s hand tools.

-- Failure is the road to success if you learn to learn from your mistakes - Vince, Greenville, SC

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